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Prevention Is The Message For World Cancer Day 2014



Published on 05 February 2014



by Office of the Spokesperson

(WireNews)

Washington, D.C.

A Young Patient At The Tata Memorial Cancer Treatment Center In Mumbai, India, Plays With Balloons
A Young Patient At The Tata Memorial Cancer Treatment Center In Mumbai, India, Plays With Balloons

A young patient at the Tata Memorial cancer treatment center in Mumbai, India, plays with balloons on World Cancer Day, February 4.

Greater emphasis on prevention and early detection are the best ways to cope with an alarming growth in cancer cases worldwide, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said in recognition of World Cancer Day 2014. Annual global cancer deaths number 8.2 million, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and are expected to increase to 13 million a year over the next 20 years. The number of cancer cases will climb to 22 million every year by 2034, the organization projects.

Africa, Asia, and Central and South America bear 60 percent of cancer cases. Underdeveloped health care systems limit access to early detection and treatment options.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins WHO in recognition of World Cancer Day. On a special Web page, the CDC cites research indicating that as many as one-third of cancer deaths can be prevented. Among the steps an individual can take to reduce cancer risk are avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding excessive sun exposure, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active, the CDC says.

CDC is collaborating with international cancer organizations to create cancer registry practices in low- and middle-income countries. The initiative aims to help countries produce reliable information on the occurrence of cancer to form the basis of effective cancer control and prevention. CDC is also working with the Pan-American Health Organization to improve screening for cervical cancer in Latin America.

 


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Posted 2014-02-05 07:35:00